family

Summer Cilantro Salad

Today is the beginning of Summer for us. It always starts with a bang because we have 3 birthdays within a 3 week period (Elliot is 13, Jim turns 5...

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Vanilla Poha Berry Muffins

Happy Mother’s Friday! At least, that’s what I’m calling it. Having five children, I figure I’d better milk as much celebration out of this special...

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savory

Meatless Monday Taco Salad

What dressing goes good on a Taco Salad? I love a good, big salad. Especially when we grow the crisp greens and they are so fresh you can practic...

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events

Emma’s 18th Birthday!

Bittersweet BirthdayEmma turned 18 last week. She is such a lovely person to be with. What I mean is, we look forward to just being with her. She i...

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drinks

Hot Buttered Vanilla-Rum

It has been cold and rainy on our mountain in Hawaii. I’m not complaining, but rather enjoying the change of pace. Sometimes, it is nice to have so...

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sweet

Making Vanilla Lemon Curd

    6 egg yolks (save whites for a genoise recipe I’m posting on Friday–or, make an omelette for    lunch!)    2 whole eggs    1 1/2 cup sugar    ...

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drinks

A Vanilla Mary

Friday Vanilla Libations from The Vanilla ChefI made this first with my sister who was visiting, oh, back ten years or so. She was a bartender at ...

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